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Clark Veterinary Hospital offers a number of services for dogs, cats, and pocket pets. Pocket pets include rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. A detailed description of each of the services we offer follows.

Dr. Clark’s practice has an in-house laboratory, provides radiographs, and an Ultrasound Specialist and Board-Certified Surgeon on-site when needed.

Client Education Handouts

Dr. Clark has available, by e-mail, handouts on the following topics:

Acetaminophen Toxicosis
Allergic Bronchitis in Dogs
Bladder Stones in Dogs
Borreliosis (Lyme Disease)
Castration of Male Cats
Castration of Male Dogs
Demodicosis in Dogs
Electrical Cord Injury
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
Feline Leukemia Virus
Flea Allergic Dermatitis
Heartworm Disease in Cats
Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s Disease) in Dogs
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Intestinal Parasites
Pancreatitis in Cats
Pancreatitis in Dogs
Patella Luxation
Sterilization of Female Cats
Sterilization of Female Dogs
Xylitol Toxicosis in Dogs

To receive one of the handouts listed above, please click here.

You may also click on an area of interest below to learn more about the services that we offer.

Physical exams
Vaccinations
Diagnostic testing
Preventive dentistry
Dietary counseling
Behavioral counseling
Microchip identification placement
Surgical care
Senior pet health care
Pharmacy

 

Physical exams

The beginning of a healthy life for your pet starts with a complete physical examination. A physical examination can help detect disease and other possible health problems. Your pet should be examined yearly and more often as it enters the senior years.

A complete physical examination includes looking at your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, skin, and hair. A stethoscope will be used to listen to the heart and lungs. The reproductive system will be examined to check for swelling, discharge, and mammary gland (breast) swellings. The examination includes feeling the abdomen for abnormalities in the organs.


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Vaccinations

Vaccinations for contagious diseases are important to protect the health of your pet. Vaccinations for dogs usually begin at 6–8 weeks of age and include distemper, parvovirus, bordetella, and rabies. We also offer a vaccine for Lyme disease. Cats should also begin vaccinations for health maintenance around 6–8 weeks of age. These vaccinations include feline distemper, upper respiratory viruses and Rabies. Some cats may also need vaccines for feline leukemia.


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Diagnostic Testing

Heartworm and Lyme disease can be devastating conditions for your pet. Yearly diagnostic testing should be completed to protect your pet. Preventive treatment is available for both heartworm and Lyme disease.


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Preventive dentistry

Dental health care is an important part of your pet’s health. A basic oral examination can reveal potential health problems. However, a more detailed look at your pet’s teeth may be recommended and require general anesthesia. While your pet is under general anesthesia, we can perform a dental cleaning and a thorough examination. Similar instruments that human dentists use are used for scaling and polishing your pet’s teeth.


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Dietary counseling

Your pet’s health begins at home with a proper diet. We can help you give your pet the proper nutrition to maintain proper weight and a healthy, energetic life.


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Behavioral counseling

We can help you understand the behavior of your pet. Certain behaviors are normal and others can become problems for pet owners. We can offer advice to pet owners about behavioral problems and issues including aggressive behavior, training, socialization, and inappropriate elimination of waste. If you have any questions about the behavior of your pet and how to solve any problems, please ask us.


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Microchip identification placement

Microchip identification is a permanent name tag for your pet. If your pet becomes lost and is found by another veterinarian or animal shelter, the microchip can be scanned and your pet can be returned safely to you.

The microchip is a tiny computer chip placed under the skin between your pet’s shoulders by a veterinarian. The number on the microchip is stored in an international database and identifies only your pet. A microchip cannot be lost or damaged and lasts a lifetime. It is up to the pet owner to update any changes in contact information.


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Surgical care

Our practice performs surgical operations ranging from ovariohysterectomies (spays) and neuters to orthopedic procedures. Prior to surgery, your pet will be examined to prevent complications. Pain management is also a priority for pets undergoing surgery. Please ask questions if you have any concerns about the surgery or pain your pet may experience.


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Senior pet health care

Healthcare for your aging pet is important. It is recommended that a senior pet be examined twice a year. The examination may include a complete blood analysis, urinalysis, and other laboratory tests. The eyes, ears. and thyroid will be examined for any changes that may effect the pet’s health.  The chance of cancer also increases with age. Increased attention to your aging pet’s health can help detect age-related disorders early enough to provide proper medical attention to extend the life and happiness of your pet.


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Pharmacy

Our practice offers an on-site pharmacy. We can provide any medications or prescription food your pet may need to achieve better health. We also provide dental products for cleaning teeth.


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